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Great Good Food: Luscious Lower-Fat Cooking Paperback – April 19, 1993

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Julee Rosso, the co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbook brings us the cookbook for the '90s, focusing on today's number-one food-health concern: reducing fat. Rosso offers a broad collection of more than 800 delicious and easy, new recipes and a treasure trove of nutritional information, gardening and shopping tips, seasonal and international menus, and food history and lore. Illustrations.

From the Back Cover

Lower-Fat Cooking for Five Seasons

Spring Fever
-- Summer, the Season of Plenty
-- Autumn Leaves

Home for the Holidays
-- Winter Wonders

Menus for Celebrating Everything

Shooting-Star Night
-- Mother's Day Tea
-- Black-Tie New Year's Eve

Big-Plate Buffet
-- Halloween Hayride
-- Too Hot to Cook
-- Out on the Beach

Company's Coming
-- White Christmas Eve

International Feasts

Red-Hot Mexico
-- A Moroccan Oasis
-- Spanish Sunshine

Meet Us at the Trattoria
-- The Best of Bistro
-- On a Greek Island

The New Pantry

The Yogurt Culture
-- All About Oils
-- Salsas
-- Marinades
-- Vibrant Vinegars

The Pepper Patch
-- The Herb Garden
-- Great Garlic
-- A Grain of Truth

Use Your Noodle
-- Green Greener Greenest Salads

The New Classics

Magic Mousses
-- Great Good Pestos
-- Salad Spritzes, Splashes, and Sprays

Sunset Sips and Dips
-- Pizza Toss-Up
-- Sweet Nothings
-- Flavored Oils

Nutrition Update

Calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat analysis for every recipe "Good for You" tips
-- All about fat
-- How to monitor your indulgences --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (April 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517881225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517881224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have an extensive cookbook collection, and Great Good food has been a big disappointment. I have The New Basics and The Silver Palate, and each of them, while not favorites, have provided me with recipes which I have enjoyed. Both are also fairly easy to use. However, Great Good Food has never provided me with anything that I really wanted to make again. Moreover, searching for a particular type of recipe is a chore. Recipes are broken up into "menus" and "seasons". When, for example, I want to look for appetizers or a soup, I don't want to have to spend an hour flipping through the whole book looking to see whether I've missed anything. Convenient it is not.
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Format: Paperback
I was thrilled to find Great Good Food. I used to make everything out the of the Silver Palate cookbooks and New Basics. However, all of the recipes were so calorie-laden. So, now I make many of my old favorites only lighter (and better). I also apply her "lightening" methods to recipes from the original books. Rosso's grouping of the recipes by season is nothing new. The Silver Palate Good Times cookbook is also organized in this fashion, and it is rated one of the best cookbooks. Familiarize yourself with the index (very complete), and you will be more than satisfied. As for the ingredients not being readily available, if one does any kind of cooking, these are things that you already have, or needed an excuse to buy.
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Format: Hardcover
So many of the recipes contain errors that I find I can't trust the book in general. Case in point: a vegetable stock recipe that does not include or refer to any liquid whatsoever. This is fine for those with experience, but is a shocking oversight for a book touted as easy to use. Two TABLESPOONS of vanilla flavoring in a batch of one dozen small muffins? Gimme a break! With these kinds of errors, I can't say that I use the book much. However, it does have some interesting ideas as starting points for your own recipes.....
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By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
The things I've made so far from this book have turned out very well. However, finding recipes seems to be a problem... the organisation is a real mess. Organising it by American public holidays doesn't make much sense for a book which is published internationally, anyway.
There was also a glaring inaccuracy in the index, with one whole section given page numbers which applied to another. My book is a few years old so this may have been rectified now.
The recipes do tend to contain lots of ingredients and can be time-consuming to put together. However results are consistently good, as long as you have some time on your hands. So, I'd recommend the book on the strength of the recipes. They're well worth it... when you can find them!
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By A Customer on October 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a gift in maybe 1994 but never had the counterspace to make its recipes on until I got married in 2000! Since then, my husband and I have often enjoyed meals from it. In a nutshell, it is a fabulous means of eating healthy but flavorfully and without a lot of fat! Some of its pros: with each recipe is given the calorie, fat, cholesterol, and carb content of it as well as how many people it serves; it offers an abundance of informative, health-conscious information on some of its pages (such as a section listing a variety of fruits and vegetables and the nutritional benefits of each one, as well as a section that defines and explains things about cholesterol, fat, sodium, etc. in relation to the body); on pages throughout, complete meal menus using recipes that complement each other well are suggested; the recipes are quaintly classified by seasons, holidays, and even by day and time of day--i.e., morning/breakfast, "Afternoon Tea", "Mother's Day Brunch", "Sunday Evening Dinner," etc. Recipes involve more prep time than your average cookbook recipe (like Betty Crocker, for instance), but that's because every single ingredient you use is FRESH! NO CANNED and NO FROZEN stuff. So, your body is guaranteed optimum taste and nutrition! I must add that my husband has never been big on vegetables; yet, whatever vegetable side I've made from this book so far, he has scarfed it down with a smile! I never truly enjoyed cooking until I started using this book. It revealed to me that I CAN make gourmet-tasting meals, and THAT by itself is a swell reward!
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Format: Paperback
As a wine buyer and amateur cook, my guests expect a special feast when they come to my home. The wine industry has been hard on my waistline and I find this book to be a nice marriage of low fat and flavorful recipes that I can cook from for special occasions and everyday. I have cooked from this book extensively and I have not encountered any of the errors in recipes that some other folks have.The only part I'm not crazy about is the organization of recipes by holiday or season. It is a little tough to reference. Even still, this is a well worn member of my cooking library. Check it out for yourself.
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There isn't much wrong with this book. The artwork is interesting, the selection astounding and it makes for entertaining reading while planning a weekly menu or a celebration. I don't understand the complaints about not being able to find things, as the book has a wonderful index. The menus are well thought out and very diverse, making for some excellent themed meals if you so choose. However, the individual recipes stand very well on their own. Nothing disappoints and some of her recipes, such as Potato Leek soup, have become our favorites. This is probably my favorite cookbook when I'm looking for something new to make. You won't be disappointed, especially if you use the index...
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